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Young injured in days first chase
PADDY YOUNG TALKS to his wife Leslie, who is also a trainer, in the paddock before Saturdays first race. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Paddy Young, the three-time defending National Steeplechase Association leading rider, sustained a compound fracture to his right forearm, between the wrist and elbow, as the result of a fall in Saturday’s $25,000 Camden Plate, the first steeplechase race of the day at the Carolina Cup.Riding Darkwatch, who is trained by Young’s wife Leslie, Young was unseated from his mount at the eighth of 11 fences. The video showed and Young later learned from other riders who came to visit him at KershawHealth, that his injury had most likely occurred not as a direct result of the fall, but when he was run over by another horse in the race.Sunday morning, Carolina Cup race director Jeff Teter visited with Young, who was only scheduled to ride in one other race after that on Saturday’s six-race card, and said the rider was in good spirits. Teter was told that Young was expected to be released from the Camden facility that afternoon and would then travel back to his home in Pennsylvania.No timetable was given as to when Young would be able to return to riding.Darkwatch got up from the fall and came away unscathed.Over the previous three NSA campaigns, Young has led the circuit with 66 wins, including a career-best 2011 in which the native of Ireland made 27 trips to the winners’ circle.